Time to set up private learning

What’s to stop the teachers from breaking free from the traditional school system and working to create contracts privately with families in their homes?

Editor: Re: “Rocky start expected for new school year,” (The Times, Sept 1).

What’s to stop the teachers from breaking free from the traditional school system and working to create contracts privately with families in their homes?

We all know the school system needs a lot of work. It needs updating in the area of academics standards, as well as incorporation of new concepts and techniques that society needs to teach children.

Perhaps it would be easier and better for all to set up their own learning systems with B.C.-certified teachers.

I hear a common thread among parents of young children nowadays. They are already seeking out alternative opportunities for learning for their kids — preferring to not even deal with the government-regulated school system as it is.

Home schooling or Distance Learning Centres, some offering social programs, are now becoming viable options for parents, their children and teachers.

At least this way we can avoid the unnecessary restriction and barriers that these regulations can incur.

Underpaid, unhappy B.C. teachers equals a compromised learning environment for our kids. This creates a wedge between the parents, teachers  and student.

Is this the environment we want to submit our children to day after day?

It’s nothing short of shoving our young into the tense environment of a military battlefield atmosphere.

My point is that this announcement does nothing more than put more fuel to the fire of the ever-increasing concerns we have about our broken school system.

How about it teachers?  Let’s get back to the original idea of fulfilling and influencing childrens’ lives, and drop the system altogether.  Let’s get rid of the bureaucracy and focus on the original intention for school: Positively moulding our young ones into capable, independent, responsible human beings — without the BS.

I ask again: What’s to stop the teachers and parents from setting up group learning environments through homes chooling or Distributed Learning Centres, privately, between parents, their children and teachers?

I think it’s the next logical step.

R. Bessette,

Langley